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Denver Museum of Art

Denver Museum of Art/ Art Museum

Denver Museum of Art

http://www.denverartmuseum.org/ * 720-865-5000 * Denver Art Museum * 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy * Denver, CO 80204
A day of art all around for me as me and friends wandered into the Denver Art Museum on their ‘free day’ which is the first Saturday of the month. Being my first visit to Denver’s impressive Art Museum, I enjoyed my visit and will definitely be back. Hosted in Denver’s Civic Center, this Art Museum is reknown for its collections that expanse well over 68,000 works of art and has quite a notable collection of American Indian Art. Originally founded in 1893 at the Denver Artist’s Club, it took on the name of the “Denver Art Association” in 1916 and moved into its first galleries in 1918 where it became known as its current namesake. Taking over the current building in 1971 that was designed by Gio Ponti and local architect James Sudler as a 24-sided, 7 story architectural art piece in of itself. In 2006, the Duncan Pavillion grew to a 5,700 square feet second story additon to the original Morgan Wing clad in titanium and glass. The museum hosts nine curatorial departments: (1) Modern and Contemporary, (2) Native Arts, (3) Architecture, Design and Graphics, (4) Asian Art, (5) New World Art, (6) Painting and Sculpture, (7) Photography, (8)Western Art, and (9) Textile Arts. The Museum has and does display the arts of India, China, Japan, Southwest Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Southeast Asia, religious art, traditional folk crafts, modern and contemporary collections of 20th-century artists including the Herbert Bayer collection, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Robert Motherwell, Damien Hirst, Philip Guston, Dan Flavin, John DeAndrea, Gottfried Helnwein, Yue Minjun, Native American arts (spanning several hundred tribes) with Northwest Coastal woodcarvings, Naskapi painted leather garments, Winnebago twined weaving, Plains Indian beadwork, Navajo weaving, Pueblo pottery, California basketry; Oceanic arts spanning all the major islands with wood carvings, painted bark cloth from Somoa, Tonga, and Hawaii; Melanesian collections from Papua New Guinea & New Ireland; drawings, paintings; African Arts with sculptures, textiles, jewelry, paintings, printmaking, drawings, Yoruba works; New World Arts; Latin American arts including ceramics, stone, gold, jade, furnishings, silver from Spanish Colonial periods; Pre-Columbian arts from Mesoamerica, lower Central America, and South America; Mayan art from Mexico, guatemala, and Belize; European and American paintings and photographic works; Coptic and pre-Columbia textiles; Western American Art; the Harmsen Collection; and many more …. The Museum cannot be completely covered in a day – so make your visit to span the weekend. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


Denver Museum of Art/ Art Museum (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=838). Wandering around Denver, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken Saturday, August 5, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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DMCA: Denver Museum of Contemporary Art

Denver Museum of Contemporary Art (DMCA: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31829)

Denver Museum of Contemporary Art
1485 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80202

I experienced my first visit to the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art on its infamous “penny admission day for Colorado residents” on August 5, 2017. The architectural style of the museum portrays contemporary art in its own style and facade, with a hidden entrance down what appears to be a dead-end graffiti styled corridor out front. The rooftop has a great garden with modern-style and wonderful views of the city. The bubble chill zone on fake grass pads is also a nice touch. Its a great space for exhibiting art. While this particular selection of exhibits was not very fascinating the museum itself had lots of great pleasure. I also was very impressed with the Jenny Morgan exhibit and how it was presented. The other two, not so much. As I’m not a great fan of contemporary art, I did enjoy my visit. ~ Leaf McGowan Rating: 4 star out of 5

The MCA or DCMA was founded in 1996 as a home for contemporary art in the city. For its first seven years, it took over an old renovated fish market in the Sakura Square downtown Denver, being founded by Sue Cannon. By 2003 the Board of Trustees donated land to build a permanent building. October 2007 they opened their current, new 27,000 square foot environmentally sustainable building in lower downtown Denver created by architect David Adjaye. It was styled with hidden skylights and natural lighting with large windows looking out to Denver’s streets. The building possessed five galleries as well as a shop, library, education spaces, and a rooftop cafe.


Denver Museum of Contemporary Art (DMCA: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31829). New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken Saturday, 5 August 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017: Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Derrick Velasquez exhibit (DMCA)

Derrick Velasquez Exhibit (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31849)

Derrick Velasquez Exhibit
2017 at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado

Summer of 2017 the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art is featuring the creative works of Derrick Valasquez. A local Denver artist, Derrick was originally born in Lodi, California. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Ohio State University in 2008. He claims currently that his style is to work with manufactured and industrially engineered materials in a portrayal of natural force, affected by gravity and forced with tension pushing an object’s flexibility to a breaking point. He utilizes marine vinyl, masonite, hand-made half-scale 2x4s, plywood, and found objects to create his art and teases a psychological relation to their dimensions and conditions. Before this new style, he was creating and manipulating works that would constantly loop back on itself in a forward progression making an unclear outcome until one takes’ stock in the process leading up to the end product as a form of learning. He takes a visual representation of large two-dimensional and three-dimensional installations to a social outlook with the art as physical manifestations of the metaphors they represent. He’s a fan of height, stacking layers, and polished finishes depicting the multiple layers of meaning in materials – how they are used and manipulated.

The exhibit was minimalist when I visited on 8/5/17. It really didn’t convey his talent in my opinion. The exhibit was rather bland. I did find his “Obstructed Views” collection of photographs on property boundaries intriguing and new. But some of the material found objects were just pieces of architectural materials laying around. Not really my cup of tea. But to be fair and honest, I’m not a fan of contemporary or modern art. So perhaps I don’t get it. Therefore I possess a bias and don’t see what others are seeing. Rating: 3 stars of 5

Derrick Velasquez Exhibit (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31849); Denver Museum of Contemporary Art (DMCA: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31829). New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken Saturday, 5 August 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017: Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Australian National Museum

National Museum of Australia
* Lawson Crescent * Acton Peninsula, Canberra ACT 2601 * (02) 6208 5000 *

One of Australia’s most brilliant and diverse museums is the National Museum of Australia in Canberra within the heart of the Australian Capital Territory. It was established in 1980 by the National Museum of Australia Act to preserve and interpret Australian history, cultures, people, and events that made Australia what it is today. It was homeless until March 11, 2001 when it opened its doors in the national capital. Diverse collections and exhibits ranging from 50,000 Before Present upwards to the current day with focus on the Aborigine, the original inhabitants, their beliefs, culture, and myths. It covers European settlement of these shores from 1788 to modern day and focuses on the material culture that Australia creates both past and present. They possess the largest collection of Aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools found in Australia. Exhibits rotate around like all major museums and during my visit had a feature called “Not Just Ned” covering the Irish immigration to Australia. In addition to a massive artifact collection, they have a wide range of books, catalogues, and journals in their archives. Highly innovative and on track with technology, the Museum is notable for its advancement and design. They have an incredible outreach program with regional communities as well as a inclusion with the Aborigines. The Museum was designed by architect and design director Howard Raggatt themed with knotted ropes symbolizing the weaving together of Australian stories and tales. The entire building and grounds tells the story of creation, the Dreaming, and immigration of these shores. The building is at the center of the knot with trailing ropes or strips extending from the building, forming large loops that are walkways extending past the neighbouring AIATSIS building ending in a large curl aligning as the “Uluru Axis” representing the Australian natural landmark. This design incorporates Bed Maddock’s “Philosophy Tape”, Jackson Pollock’s “Blue Poles”, the Boolean String, A knot, Ariadne’s thread, and the Aboriginal Dreamtime story of he Rainbow Serpent creating the land. Within the Museum complex is an exact copy of the lightning flash zigzag that Libeskind created for the Berlin Museum by breaking a five pointed star of David. This initially brought allegations of plagiarism. Its exterior is covered with anodised aluminum panels that include worlds written in braille. These words include “mate”, “She’ll be right”, “sorry”, and “forgive us our genocide”. In 2006 the Museum was damaged by a hail storm that caused the ceiling to collapse, expose power cables, and flood the floor.

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4/12/11: Great Walkabout: The Aborigines & The Australian National Museum

Travels Down Under:
Learning about the Aborigine and Canberra

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
* Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia *

Early to rise, a quick breakfast, soon enough Sir Thomas Leaf and Sir Bluey Bee were off on another grand adventure – this time to learn a bit about Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory as well as its original inhabitants – The Aborigine. The amazing Lady Mikki of the Australian National Museum arranged a personal tour of the Museum for the adventuring duo. A speedy drive from Isabella Plains on to Canberra trying to avoid those curious critters that stand tall like a man brandishing a deer head without antlers hopping across the roadside. Sir Thomas Leaf has been finding Australia a unique oddity in its colorful assemblage of unique critters, flora and fauna even though much of the countryside of the ACT reminded him of areas of North America. They drove by the Black Mountain Tower, a spinning restaurant overlooking Canberra, past the Botanical Gardens, and on into the National Museum. The part European and part Aborigine personal guide greeted the explorers for a personalized tour of the Museum beginning in the Aborigine gallery. They began by crossing the Australian Dream Land into the “Old New Land” and explored the artifacts, culture, and history of Australia’s original inhabitants. Sir Thomas Leaf was in complete awe of the Australian culture and artifacts wishing someday he could do archaeology here and study the Aborigines. Moving through the history and the Dream Land the explorers investigated all of the history of Australia including the new exhibit “Not Just Ned” covering the history of the Irish settling in Australia. “Fascinating history” Sir Thomas Leaf pondered. A nice lunch was had with Sir Thomas Leaf, Sir Bluey Bee, and Lady Mikki attended by some assistant curators. After exploring the Museum, they took to the lake and admired the exotic wild birds found throughout the area. Sir Bluey took Sir Thomas Leaf on a drive-a-bout around Canberra, showing him the government offices, the Parliament, the Embassies, the Aboriginal Embassy, and the general layout of Canberra. That evening, after shopping for camping gear for their upcoming coastal trip – they had some local rum and juice as a nightcap to a fine day of exploration.

Remainder of the Story, Photos and videos below the cut:

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8th Annual Future Self Exhibition Gallery and Sale (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Smokebrush Gallery * 218 West Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719.444.1012 * during the 2nd friday art walk – January 9, 2009
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Colorado-Springs-CO/Smokebrush-Gallery/80627680098, smokebrush.org
One of the fine events that represents some of the great events they hold each month, this annual event, brings together Self Exhibition art and performances for all to enjoy in the gallery. I attended the latter part of the night getting to see some musical performances and dances, as well as the spectacular art hanging around the gallery. Hundreds were in attendance, and each art room had snacks. A wine bar was also provided. The warehouse gallery space is phenomenal and normally is a great place to see art from local artists like Bob and Kat Tudor. I enjoyed my brief yet fantastic attendance at Future Self. Next year, I’ll be attending for much longer. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Exhibits in the Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.)
intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW in Washington, D.C. 20560. http://www.mnh.si.edu/visit/
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian building constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities. From the history and cultures of Africa with the earliest Mammalian ancestors and primate diversity around the world, from dinosaurs to rare gemstone, The main building on the National Mall contains 1.5 million square feet of space overall and 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space; altogether the Museum is the size of 18 football fields, and houses over 1000 employees. With a growing network of interactive websites, the Museum is transforming itself into a hub for national and international electronic education, accessible to anyone with access to the internet. In the center of the Museum’s exhibition and research programs are its expertly documented collections: more than 125 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts. Over 3˝ million specimens are out on loan each year; over 15,000 visitor days are spent in the collections; and there are almost 600,000 additional visits to collection data bases available on the Web. The Museum includes a state-of-the-art collections storage facility in Suitland, Maryland; a marine science research facility in Ft. Pierce, Florida; and field stations as far away as Belize, Alaska, and Kenya. Research activities are organized into seven departments, and a number of affiliated U.S. government agencies on-site contribute to the Museum’s strength, including the Department of the Interior (U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division), the Department of Agriculture (Systematic Entomology Laboratory), the Department of Commerce (National Marine Fisheries Service Systematics Laboratory), and the Department of Defense (Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit). Through its research, collections, education and exhibition programs, NMNH serves as one of the world’s great repositories of scientific and cultural heritage as well as a source of tremendous pride for all Americans. The Museum is free. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


This years visit to the Museum on 2/21/2009 provided me with a fascinating viewing of “Orchids Through Darwin’s Eyes”, “Soil Wisdom”, and “Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th Century” exhibits which consumed my fascination and time. Definitely a must visit while the exhibits are running. (Rating 5 stars out of 5).

Most of the photos from the 2009 visit will be posted in a new blog I’m writing on Natural Science, Archaeology, and Botany at www.technogypsie.com/science/. In the next few days look for some great artifacts, bones, and plants to be posted!

Museum of Natural History